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Left Coast/Right Coast: The Future (der Zukunft, L’avenir)

My first prediction is more massive displacement. By displacement I mean the reshaping of the economy such that jobs we take for granted now, will simply not be there in the future.

It is always fun to describe something that hasn’t happened yet in another language. Makes it appear even more mysterious. As one famous wag said, “The future doesn’t scare me, it’s next week that scares me.” Clearly, this was uttered by an executive responsible for a company’s profit and loss who was worrying about meeting the next payroll.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Language (and the screw ups that result from it)

Okay, I’m the first to admit that I love language. I don’t mean just English, which some have accused me of being unable to speak or write. I mean the general subject of language. How people express themselves in other languages and how words do and don’t translate exactly the same (sometimes in the same language!). It makes for some very interesting misunderstandings.

Okay, I’m the first to admit that I love language. I don’t mean just English, which some have accused me of being unable to speak or write. I mean the general subject of language. How people express themselves in other languages and how words do and don’t translate exactly the same (sometimes in the same language!). It makes for some very interesting misunderstandings.

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